What Are Digital X-Rays?
At Made Ya Smile Dental, we strive to make receiving dental care as comfortable, safe, and minimally invasive as possible. Our team uses advanced digital x-ray technology to help ensure we address all of your dental health concerns, even those we cannot readily see when looking into your mouth. X-rays allow general dentist Dr. Peter Nishino to examine areas of your mouth and jaw that lie beneath the gums, within the bone, in between teeth, and underneath fillings and other restorations. Bone loss, tooth decay, cysts, abscesses, and impacted or unerupted teeth all show up on dental x-rays. Though we only take x-rays when it is necessary to benefit your health, these digital images are an important part of preventive and restorative care.
We utilize digital x-rays in our state-of-the-art dental center, which are safer, more comfortable, and produce less radiation than traditional dental x-rays taken with film. X-rays can tell us a great deal about your oral health that is not visible during a dental exam and can allow Dr. Nishino to diagnose a wide range of problems early on. To offer the best possible care for your family's smiles and to minimize your future treatment needs, our team uses digital x-ray imaging during routine exams and as needed to diagnose oral problems and plan for appropriate care. Learn more about digital x-rays by contacting our Friendswood, TX family dental practice.
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When Are Dental X-Rays Taken?
Using up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional film, digital dental radiograph imaging enhances our diagnostic ability by showing oral structures in much greater detail. We can often identify oral problems earlier on and provide necessary care to prevent more complex procedures, dental visits, and treatment cost in the future. While digital x-rays are safe for patients of all ages, Dr. Nishino only recommends them when necessary to diagnose or treat oral health conditions. Please let us know right away if you are pregnant or think this may be a possibility so that our team can take necessary precautions. X-rays may be taken once a year, usually during your one of your dental cleaning and exam visits, to screen for underlying problems, to evaluate pain or other symptoms that may be occurring, or to aid Dr. Nishino in performing dental treatments.
X-rays may be taken for:
• Preventive needs
• Restorative care
• Root canal procedures
• Dental implant placement
• Tooth extraction preparation
What Can I Expect With Digital Dental X-Rays?
X-rays are usually taken at the start of your dental exam and cleaning visit, typically once a year on a preventive basis. Our advanced digital system allows x-rays to be a highly efficient, fast, and more comfortable experience for our patients when compared with traditional film techniques. To take your x-rays, our team will place a small sensor in various areas around your mouth, depending on the type of x-rays that Dr. Nishino is recommending for you. Each image of your teeth and jaw are transmitted instantly to your patient record in our computer and reviewed by Dr. Nishino and our team. The process of taking digital x-rays is quick and easy and lasts less than 10 minutes.
How Often Are Dental X-Rays Taken?
Since digital x-rays are available for review within seconds after they are taken, there is no need for long processing procedures. Dr. Nishino will review your x-rays with you and point out any areas of interest or concern. X-rays show parts of your mouth that we cannot visualize otherwise. Certain oral problems, including bone loss, tooth decay, damaged roots, cysts, and abscesses, can only be viewed and diagnosed with dental x-rays. Even if your mouth feels fine, having x-rays taken preventively as recommended by our dentist can help you get ahead of any potential problems and minimize the overall damage to your mouth. This also provides the chance to treat these concerns before they become larger dental problems.
A full set of x-rays or panoramic x-rays may be taken during your first visit with us so that we can gain a comprehensive idea of your general oral health. Following this initial comprehensive set, the standard of care is to have a full series or panoramic completed every 3 – 5 years. Between these times, bitewing (checkup) x-rays of your teeth may be taken on a yearly basis and are important for evaluating the level of bone and screening for cavities starting underneath fillings or in-between teeth. X-rays may also be taken as needed to evaluate oral pain or other oral problems and to assist Dr. Nishino in a range of dental procedures.
Are Digital X-Rays Covered by Insurance?
Most dental insurance plans cover bitewing x-rays at least once each year and a full series or panoramic x-rays every 3 – 5 years. A member of our business team will contact your provider to learn more about your specific coverage amounts. Made Ya Smile Dental in Friendswood, TX participates with most major PPO plans and offers a range of easy payment solutions to help you cover any personal costs. If you do not have dental insurance, be sure to ask us about our in-house dental savings plan.
Advanced Digital Imaging
Being proactive about your oral health can keep your smile healthy and happy for many years to come. Digital x-rays are an important part of identifying, diagnosing, and preparing to treat a wide range of dental problems, including cavities, impacted teeth, bone loss, and other issues. Made Ya Smile Dental takes a conservative approach to take x-rays by offering digital radiographs that are safer, more comfortable, and produce less radiation than traditional films. By identifying oral problems with x-rays early on, Dr. Nishino can often help you avoid larger dental problems and expenses in the future. Get more information on the benefits of digital x-rays by scheduling a visit with our Friendswood, TX team today.